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Christopher Burkett

Christopher Burkett

Christopher Burkett is an experienced trial advocate, having appeared before a variety of administrative tribunals, at all levels of trial court, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Mr. Burkett’s broad litigation and advocacy practice specifically focuses in the areas of labour and employment law, administrative and public law, professional discipline, corporate anti-bribery compliance, and criminal matters.

Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie in 2011, Mr. Burkett was an Assistant Crown Attorney, where he was the lead prosecutor on numerous criminal trials; including serious commercial fraud prosecutions.

Mr. Burkett’s experience extends to matters involving internal investigations, administrative tribunals, judicial review applications, injunctions, trials, and appeals.

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Should Canada follow the UK, US or Australian deferred prosecution model?

Posted in Investigations & Compliance
As the Canadian government contemplates further measures to combat financial crime, there is an increasing debate over whether Canada should follow the US, UK or the proposed Australian model by introducing a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) regime to help combat corporate wrongdoing, promote ethical business conduct, and encourage corporate self-reporting to and cooperation with Canadian government authorities.… Continue Reading

The New Integrity Regime in Canada – Revised Debarment Rules still too strict?

Posted in Investigations & Compliance
On July 3rd, 2015, the Canadian government announced a new Integrity Framework (the “Integrity Regime”), which applies to all federal procurement and real property transactions, and debars suppliers who have been convicted of “integrity offences” from contracting with the federal government for a set period of time ranging from 5-10 years. The previous regime, first… Continue Reading

Deferred prosecution agreements arrive in the U.K.; food for thought for Canada

Posted in Investigations & Compliance
As of February 24, 2014, prosecutors in the United Kingdom will have a new tool in their arsenal to combat corporate criminal wrongdoing. After a lengthy consultation process, and with the benefit of observing a longstanding U.S. practice, the British Parliament amended its Crime and Courts Act to allow for Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPAs”). Canadian… Continue Reading